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William (Bill) Greenhalgh - Human Resources Professionals Association. Toronto, ON, Canada

William (Bill) Greenhalgh William (Bill) Greenhalgh

Chief Executive Officer | Human Resources Professionals Association

Toronto, ON, Canada

CEO of the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA), with a diverse and substantial background in corporate leadership.





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Bill Greenhalgh was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), Canada’s leading association for human resources professionals, in April 2006.

His previous positions include President of the Globe and Mail, CEO of Thomson’s Western Canada Newspaper Group; President of Cinram International; and COO of Shred it International as well as various line and staff positions in General Management, Operations, Marketing and Finance with Nortel Networks.

He was born in Derry in Northern Ireland and holds an Masters Degree in Business from the London Business School, a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southampton University, certificates from the Senior Executive Programs in both, Manufacturing, and Marketing from Harvard Business School and is a graduate of both The Aspen Institute Executive Leadership Program and the Directors College at McMaster University.

As CEO of HRPA, Greenhalgh leads the organization in achieving its strategic imperatives, which are to:

• understand and anticipate global trends to facilitate forward thinking of its members
• to maintain a high and credible presence in the global HR community
• to contribute to the individual and professional strength of its members by delivering programs and services that support targeted growth
• to raise the profile and credibility of the profession as a key partner in shaping organizational excellence; and
• to develop effective relationships at all levels of the industry, government and other associations.

Bill also serves as HRPA Board Secretary and CEO and Board Secretary for the Human Resources Research Institute (HRRI). He is a member of the boards of both the North American Human Resources Associations (NAHRMA) and The Scarborough Hospital; and a past member of the boards of the Toronto Symphony, the Commonwealth Games Club and the Canadian Foundation for the Preservation of Chinese Cultural Treasures.

Industry Expertise (7)

Human Resources VC and Private Equity Management Consulting Corporate Leadership Recruiting Talent Management Corporate Training

Areas of Expertise (6)

Employee Relations Strategic Planning Venture Capital Financing Start-Ups Entrepreneurship Mergers & Acquisitions

Accomplishments (4)

Chief Executive Officer – Human Resources Professionals Association (professional)


HRPA is Canada’s HR thought leader and the largest HR association in the country. HRPA has more than 19,000 members in 28 chapters in Ontario and other locations across Canada and around the world. HRPA is internationally recognized for its knowledge, innovation and leadership. It connects its membership to an unmatched range of HR information resources, events, professional development and networking opportunities and it annually hosts the world’s second largest HR conference.

Board of Directors – The Scarborough Hospital (professional)


The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) delivers innovative, high-quality patient care at two hospital campuses and six satellite sites. The Scarborough Hospital is a regional centre for dialysis and is renowned for its sexual assault care centre and mental health programs. Affiliated with the University of Toronto, TSH is also a referral centre for vascular surgery, pacemakers and cataract surgeries.

Member, Champion's Council – Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (professional)


The CHPCA is the national voice for Hospice Palliative Care in Canada. Advancing and advocating for quality end-of-life/hospice palliative care in Canada, its work includes public policy, public education and awareness. The Champion's Council will provide further opportunities to interface with an even wider range of expertise, to harness new energies and to reflect the diversity that is Canada.

Board of Directors – Human Resources Research Institute (professional)


The HRRI funds advanced studies in HR through scholarships. It funds evidence-based research with practical application for HR professionals and it awards prizes for the best Ph.D. dissertation and Masters thesis in HR in Canada. Over time, HRRI may also publish books, reports, papers based on research findings; and it may develop and market tools, such as presentations, videos, and study guides, to get its research-based knowledge into the hands of the practitioners who need it.

Education (4)

London Business School: MA, Business 1972

Southampton University: BA, Mechanical Engineering

The Aspen Institute: Executive Leadership Program, Corporate Leadership 2004

Harvard Business School: Senior Executive Program Certificate, Manufacturing, Marketing

Event Appearances (6)

The Role & Future of HR: The CEO's Perspective

Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA) Conference 2012  Calgary, Alberta


HR's Role in Supporting Organizations through Economic and Business Challenges

Human Resources Professionals Association of Niagara Speaker Series  Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario



HRPA Durham Chapter Annual Meeting  Oshawa, Ontario


HRPA Act: Bill 28

HRPA 2012 Annual Conference & Trade Show  Toronto, Ontario


Looking Forward: Retail Human Resources 2025

Retail Human Resources Conference 2012  Toronto, Ontario


KEYNOTE SPEECH: Strategic Issues Shaping Our Future Workforce

Leadership Thought Forum Series  Toronto, Ontario


Sample Talks (4)

CanadaWorks 2025: Scenarios and Strategies for the Future of Work in Canada

The future of the Canadian economy and society depends on workforce actions we take today. This presentation will examine the four fundamental drivers of change—demographic shifts, economic prosperity, technological adoption and sustainability—and discuss possible future scenarios. Those at the presentation will receive a broader understanding of what influences employment trends and how to effect positive change.

Are HR Executives Denied a Seat at the Table?

HRPA Ontario contracted Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions to conduct a CEO survey to address the HR profession’s most often asked question: “Are HR Executives denied a seat at the table?” The results resoundingly stated yes they do have a seat at the table! Bill will offer specific practical ideas based on his years of experience as an executive in operations, as well as providing a view of the skills HR professionals will need in our changing world.

Looking Forward: Retail Human Resources 2025

What will the future of Canada hold for retailers in 2025? The HRPA together with Deloitte examined the four fundamental drivers of economical and societal change: demographic shifts, economic prosperity, technological adoption and sustainability. The findings of this study have profound implications for retailers in Ontario and across Canada—not just for HR staff, but for operations, marketing, and the executive teams charged with positioning their organizations to succeed in the future.

Strategic Issues Shaping Our Future Workforce

The ‘Perfect Storm’ in the World of Work affects the largest single expense item organizations have – their staff. Today, organizations globally are facing an unprecedented combination of challenges. How can businesses and their leaders best navigate and manage these issues that are shaping our future workforce? And what is the strategic role for Consultants and HR professionals in shaping the response? This interactive session will provide an opportunity for audience discussion and interchange.


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